Carolin Eitel is a Hamburg-based illustrator with a flair for using colour to communicate complex narratives. The way in which we perceive colour affects our whole understanding of the world and strangely, this is something that we often forget.
From determining how we understand the mood of a painting to giving us clues about what an illustrated article explains, the colour spectrum is essential to human communication. Carolin’s clever use of tones and hues might have something to do with how much we appreciate her illustrations and design work.
Currently studying illustration at HAW Hamburg and sharing a small studio with six good friends, Carolin began her creative career on a design course in Nuremberg. These days, her work centres on observations, creative play and contemporary stories.
From anatomy and psychology to nature, technology, politics and women’s issues, her illustrations cover the things that not only interest her but that flood the world she inhabits and line-up around her. Carolin’s enquiring mind has earned her collaborations and several great editorial clients from Germany’s flourishing publishing scene.
Carolin’s illustration style utilises a range of tools and materials, both digital and traditional. She uses trimmed pages of watercolour paper, combining the scans of original drawings and paintings with digital colours to create each image which proffers some vivid and incredibly polished results. Each of her illustrations has an endearing mixed media quality to it that both draws the eye and provokes the imagination.
‘One of my favourite illustration projects is #Deutschland 25’ she says, ‘It was a project initiated by Google that invited young German artists and journalists to create a response to the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Wall. I liked the combination of political and historical background with a cultural and contemporary interest.
I also recently created some images for the Swiss magazine Affekt. It comes out this year and is about urban development and the future of living. The project closest to my heart is probably my work with N#MMER magazine. It’s for people with autism and I created a series of illustrations for it.’
Currently working on infographics, maps and small illustrations for Germany’s Die Zeit newspaper, Carolin spends her free time visiting exhibitions, cycling down to the coast to breathe in the sea air and working with Piktorial collective and Millionen Melonen. Her next self-directed project is a fascinating children’s book that explores the ability to see the world from a range of different perspectives. Keep an eye out for it, it’s going to be great.
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Words: Emily Beeson | @younggoldteeth